Keynote Speech by Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Date: December 16, 2015
Venue: Providence Hall, Tokyo Prince Hotel
Co-organizers: Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Finance of Japan, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

On December 16, 2015, approximately 300 leaders from around the globe—political leaders, heads of international organizations, NGO leaders, scholars, and other experts in the fields of global health and development—converged in Tokyo for a major conference on the topic of universal health coverage (UHC). The meeting, which was co-organized by JCIE and the government of Japan, came at a key moment in history: It represented the first major international meeting on global health following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in September of this year, marking a shift in the world’s development agenda from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The timing of the conference was also important in that Japan will assume the presidency of the G7 next year, with the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and the G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting scheduled to take place in Japan in May and September respectively. In addition, the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) will be held in Africa for the first time in 2016.

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